The Labour London Mayor took to Twitter to demand the Government request more time for free trade deal negotiations with Brussels, angering Brexiteers. He argued that when the talks timeline, which expires on December 31, was devised, the pandemic had not yet hit. He tweeted: “No one anticipated that crucial Brexit deal trade negotiations would take place in the middle of a global pandemic.
“Asking for an extension would show that the government is willing to put the national interest ahead of political dogma.”
Former Labour MP for Vauxhaull Kate Hoey hit out at Mr Khan’s tweet.
She said he would do better to concentrate on sorting out the problems in London rather than concerning himself with nationwide matters.
She said: “Please remember you are the Mayor of London NOT the Prime Minister of the UK so please sort out TfL (Transport for London), knife crime, air quality for starters, and don’t forget more people in London voted to Leave the EU than voted for you.”
Another social media user added: “Could also concentrate on stopping mass mob vandalism of the capital city.”
One Twitter user said if Mr Khan wanted to continue to poke his nose into UK-wide relations, all British voters should have a say in next year’s mayoral election.
He said: “Khan continues to be involved in foreign policy.
“So, the whole of the UK should get a vote on the mayor!”
And yet another said: “You’ve been Hoey’d!”
Others dismissed Mr Khan as “incapable” of sorting out the capital’s issues.
Some even urged Ms Hoey to run for Mayor of London.
The Northern Irish politician served as a London MP from 1989 until 2019.
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One person wrote: “Kate ur completely correct you’d make a good mayor.”
A second tweeted: “I wish you would run for PM.”
On Monday the Prime Minister’s spokesman said David Frost, Britain’s chief negotiator with the EU, will complete the Brexit talks even if he takes up his new position as National Security Adviser (NSA) before they have finished.
Mr Frost’s appointment as the new NSA was announced on Sunday.
The news came after Britain’s most senior civil servant, Sir Mark Sedwill, said he was stepping down from both his roles after reports of clashes with Johnson’s top political adviser.
Mr Johnson’s spokesman said: “He is taking up his role around the end of August and there’ll be a short transition period so if there is a small overlap with the Brexit negotiations that is possible.
“David has said he will of course remain chief negotiator while the talks are being concluded one way or another.
“We have been very clear with the EU that the talks need to be concluded sooner rather than later.
“We need to make sure businesses can prepare properly for what will happen at the end of the year.
“If the negotiations go on too long, into the autumn, then they will not know what to prepare for.”